Visual and Performing Arts

The Art Department of The Rugby School at Woodfield is dedicated to creating an environment where students have the opportunity to experience the fine arts and performing arts including general, advanced and studio art, computer graphics, photography, music, acting and creative writing.

Fine Art:

Students are introduced to materials and techniques, concepts and processes essential to understanding fine art and the role of the artist. Students are introduced to the elements of art and the principles of design in a variety of media and materials including drawing, painting, sculpting, wood burning, murals, collages, pottery, weaving, assemblage and mosaics.

Advanced Art:

Advanced Art allows the students who are enthusiastic and accomplished in one or more areas of art to advance their skills and develop talents to attain a greater depth, understanding and mastery of the fine arts.

Studio Art:

Studio Art provides students with the opportunity to work in the media of their choice to further their skills and experience additional media including pencil, ink, pen, charcoal, pastels, watercolor, oils, tempera paint as well as sculpture, metal, wood and jewelry.

Arts in the Workplace:

Select students accompanied by the art teacher bring art lessons, projects and activities into community organizations and nursing homes on a regular basis throughout the school year.

Computer Graphics:

Computer Graphics is the art of creating pictures or movies using computer technologies. Such technologies include photographs, drawings, paintings, 3-D printers to make sculptures and model, design and film/videos.

Computer Graphics 1:

Computer Graphics I teaches students how to properly use a stylus tablet to create and manipulate pictures and objects on a computer. Students are introduced to computer graphics basics using programs such as Corel Painter, Photoshop, PaintTool Sai and Adobe Premier.

Computer Graphics 2:

Students are introduced to additional programs and advanced techniques. They learn how to create their own digital brush and how to use multiple programs at once to create and manipulate images. Students also explore the field of Design Art used for advertising and commercial purposes and learn to construct layouts utilizing print media and product packaging for TV and the internet. Students are also taught Concept Art where they learn the illustration techniques used in video games, animation comic books and films including blue screen technology.

Digital Photography:

Students utilize Nikon megapixel cameras to capture images by learning to focus the lens then converting the picture to digital form. Students store photos in a computer file for viewing and editing, while learning digital processing, publishing and printing.

Creative Writing:

Students are encouraged to use their imaginations to create stories, poems and skits with an emphasis on narrative craft.  Students learn various genres of writing and how to discover inspiration.


Students receive individualized voice lessons and/or instruction on guitar, piano, drums, brass or string instruments. The Rugby School’s music program integrates technique, theory, composition, music history and appreciation in order to properly develop the talents of young musicians.  Students perform school concerts, as well as at Monmouth County Teen Arts and New Jersey State Teen Arts. They also take part in the annual “New Jersey Shouts Down Drugs” competition sponsored by the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey.


Students learn the art of improvisation through various improv games and are provided the opportunity to perform in front of their peers. Students create their own characters and learn about vocal technique and movement. Short skits and monologue exploration are integrated into the acting sessions.